SERGIU NATRA is a Romanian-born (1924) in a family (NADLER, LÖEW and LUSTGARTEN) originating in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. He began particular music and piano studies in 1932, continued at the Jewish conservatory (1942) and graduated from the Music Academy of Bucharest (1953). He studied, among others, theory, composition and orchestration with Leon Klepper and modern music with Michael Andricu. He began composing at an early age and his work for orchestra "March and Coral" earned him the status of a modernist in Romania. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra interpreted this work already in 1947 under the baton of Edward Lindenberg. For this work and for "Divertimento in ancient style" he was awarded the Enescu composition prize, personally by Enescu himself who predicted a "bright future" to the young composer.

During the horrors of the Nazis and afterward during the communist regime, the composer and his family, who were considered part of the “aristocracy”, suffered from forced labor, prison time and confiscation of all their properties. Some of the composer's works were not preserved or destroyed.

"Four Songs" for Baritone and Orchestra, was his last work performed in Romania before immigrating to Israel. A period of three years after submitting the emigration request to the authorities and until emigrating to Israel in 1961 he and his wife Sonia, known sculptor and artist, had been under a ban from publishing and exercising any professional activities.

A year after immigrating to Israel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sergiu Comissiona, interpreted the "Symphony no. II for string orchestra". "Music for Violin and Harp" was performed by the violinist Miriam Fried and the French harpist Francoise Netter afterwards.

For sixty years the composer is involved in important frameworks which are related to music and the harp, to which he has a special affinity, as a senior management member, a judge and an important composer. This includes the well known International Harp Contest in Israel and the World Harp Congress. 

Alongside composing music, Prof. NATRA had taught outstanding students and between 1975 -1985 he lectured as a professor at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv the 20th century music, composition and forms analysis. Over the years, he nurtured, outlined the way and left his mark on generations of students, who would reach excellent achievements. With many of his students he kept excellent personal and professional relations to this very day.

NATRA continues to create and in the recent years there were published several new works, including "Prelude and commentary for Nehemiah" for orchestra which was performed with great success by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (2010), the symphonic orchestras in Germany and Russia, "Cantosonata for Harp" premiered in Taiwan (2012), "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano" (2011) and "Esquisses for Flute and Piano" (2013). In addition "Konzertstuck for Two Pianos and Orchestra", "Divertimento in Ancient Style for Piano in Four Hands", "A Dialog with Gabi for piano, Esquisses for flute and Piano, Symphony in Red, Blue, Yellow and Green, which were and will be performed in Israel, Europe and in the USA.

NATRA SERGIU and his wife SONIA, have two sons, Danny and Gabi.

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© Sonia Natra. All rights reserved for charcoal drawings. 

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